In retribution for Tuesday's embarrassing implosion (there's that word again) The Colorado Rockies beat down the San Francisco Giants 9-2 with the aid of four home runs. Corey Dickerson contributed two of the big flies, while Nolan Arenado and Michael McKenry each threw one out, too. With the four home runs added to their tally, the Rockies are second in Major League Baseball with 160, only trailing the Baltimore Orioles and their 182. Unlike the O's however, who have three big boppers, the Rockies have accumulated their total in a team effort.
47 of the 160 home runs for the Rockies have been hit by guys who most likely won't play again this year. Michael Cuddyer has six, Wilin Rosario has ten, Carlos Gonzalez has 11, and Troy Tulowitzki had lead the team until today with 21. And all besides Tulo were having down seasons but still contributed more than a quarter of the total
The most surprising of the club's home run leaders is Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon has never hit more than 11 home runs in a season as a professional and has played 90 percent of his games hitting leadoff, making his total quite impressive. He has 17 home runs and 66 RBI, third on the team in both. When you add in his 23 stolen bases and you have one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball.
Justin Morneau used to be a guy who could net 30 home runs a year, but that is no longer. As Morneau grows in age, his power numbers will decline, but he is such a pure hitter than he can still smack around 20 homers per season. With 14 of them and a team-high 69 RBI, Morneau is bouncing back nicely from a tough 2013.
As Rockies 101 has discussed before, Nolan Arenado is on his way to being a legit superstar. His 15 home runs and 56 RBI despite missing a month of the season is testament to that. The Gold Glove defense doesn't hurt, either. Nolan has the profile and the physique to be a guy to hit around 30 home runs a year moving forward.
Leading the team this year with 22 bombs is Corey Dickerson. One of the breakout stars of the 2014 season, Dickerson could challenge for the batting title if he gets enough plate appearances, and will lead the team in home runs, RBI and OPS. Not bad for a guy that didn't get continued playing time until Cuddyer and Gonzalez went down with injuries.
Coors Field will always help pad the home run numbers for the Rockies; they've hit over 100 of them at home this year. That all gets swept under the rug when you realize that only two guys on the Major League roster have more than twenty homers. It's a team effort all the way this year.
If only they could manage to turn those home runs into some more wins…
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